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Competition among high school principals of charter schools, public schools, and voucher -receiving private schools in the District of Columbia


2006 2006

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Abstract (summary)

This study explored the conditions of competition that are implicit in the idea that market-based school reform will improve schools. The research was conducted in Washington, D.C., which provides three theoretically competing schooling options to its public students: the traditional, publicly managed public school system; publicly financed but privately managed charter schools; and the D.C. voucher program, which pays private-school tuition with public funds. Based on interviews with high school principals directing the three types of schools, the study found minimal competition among the types of schools. While all the principals were committed to school choice, there actually was little rivalry among the three types of high school principals. The majority of the principals actually knew little about and felt minimal impact from the other types of high schools. While recruitment of families and students is a major measurement of competition, the study could not find a connection between the level of enrollment and the recruitment efforts of the principals or the quality of information they provided potential families and students. The study also focused on structural issues that could explain the minimal competition among the three types of schools and concluded that, during the period of the study, they were not designed to compete and did not perceive strong incentives to do so.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration
Classification
0514: School administration
Identifier / keyword
Education; Charter schools; Competition; District of Columbia; High school principals; Principals; Private schools; Public schools; Voucher-receiving
Title
Competition among high school principals of charter schools, public schools, and voucher -receiving private schools in the District of Columbia
Author
Cain, Bonnie Jean
Number of pages
152
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 67/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542656750
Advisor
McDermott, Kathryn A.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3215771
ProQuest document ID
305302903
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305302903
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